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August 2017 Advocacy Update

MA Food Trust, The SNAP Gap, and Mass in Motion included in Massachusetts FY18 Operating Budget

The Massachusetts Food Trust:

Under the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, $100,000 was included to support operating costs in implementing the Massachusetts Food Trust program.  The funds will be used for administrative and operating costs of getting this program launched and implemented.  This money ensures that the $1 million dollars in dedicated capital funds will be leveraged and used to support new and expanded healthy food retailers and local food enterprises in low and moderate income communities throughout Massachusetts. 

For more on the Massachusetts Food Trust, visit their page at www.thefoodtrust.org

Closing the SNAP Gap:

The budget includes language that directs the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the Department of Transitional Assistance to report by January 1, 2018, on the usefulness of creating a common application where MassHealth applicants and recipients would also have the opportunity to apply for SNAP at the same time they apply or renew for MassHealth.  Streamlining the application process for clients will be more efficient and will increase the number of eligible residents receiving these nutrition and other benefits.  

Mass in Motion:  Language in the FY18 budget protects Mass in Motion funding, stating that the Department of Public Health cannot spend any less than they did in FY17 on the program, protecting level funding for Mass in Motion for the next year.